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Circles are a daunting prospect for us quilters – usually we’re all about straight lines! But, actually, with a little know-how, it’s easy to translate techniques you already know into a skill that’ll have you sewing circles in no time.
Try it now: Everyday Tote
Layer and piece colourful curved shapes for a handy tote to carry your quilting
You will need
- A variety of fabric scraps (we used ten different fat quarters from our stash)
- Contrast strip 22in x 9in
- Cotton/linen blend tote fabric, one (1) 17 ½in x 12 ½in piece and one (1) 17 ½in x 19 ½in piece
- Lining fabric 17 ½in x 32in
- Cotton webbing for handles, two (2) 18in pieces
All seam allowances are ¼in, unless noted otherwise.
Prints used for the circles are in Chromatics by Art Gallery Fabrics.
Step one: Draw nine (9) 3in, 4in and 5in circles on your interfacing, for a total of thirty-six (36) circles. Make appliqué circles as described in steps 1–3 of the piecing curves guide above.
Step two: Layer small, medium and large circles and secure together with a dot of washable glue. Arrange your stacks of circles on the contrast strip and pin them in place. Next, stitch the circles in place by hand or machine. Then trim the strip to 17 ½in x 3 ½in.
Step three: Make one large circle following steps 4–7 of the piecing curves guide above.
Step four: Sew your two pieces of tote fabric to the top and bottom of your strip. Then sew your large pieced circle in the centre of the small piece of tote fabric.
Step five: Cut and sew two rectangles, right sides together, leaving an opening. Turn right sides out and press. Attach to your lining, sewing three sides, to make a pocket and closing the remaining pocket opening in the process. Centre your lining piece on top of the tote piece, wrong sides together.
Step six: Press under ¼in and then 1in of both short raw edges, toward the lining side. Insert the raw edges of your handles under the folds at each end, making sure they are aligned, and pin in place. Fold the handles up and topstitch along the folds of the tote.
Step seven: Fold the tote in half, with the lining sides facing each other. Sew along the two long sides using a ¼in seam. Turn the tote wrong sides out and press. Sew along both long sides again using a ½in seam. Turn your tote the right way out and you’re done!